If your company manages high-volume, high-turnover projects, you may need a better method to keep track of all the projects; especially when it comes to knowing which ones are blocked or impeded. We recently helped a company configure Autodesk PLM 360 to store and manage their project data by:
- Leveraging a custom-built workflow
- Graphing the data to track the status of multiple (40+) projects in a single view
For this customer, it was also important to know the following:
- Where each project is in its workflow
- If a project is impeded
- When it became blocked
- How long it was held up
To address this need, we set up a workflow that included discrete workflow states for impedance branched off of each main workflow state.
This allowed for a single and simple Autodesk PLM 360 view that shows all blocked projects and when they last became impeded.
We also set up an Autodesk PLM 360 report showing the data points for when each project became impeded and when the project left the impeded state (regardless of the project’s current state). Notice that the project numbers highlighted in red are still impeded (as we first saw in the view above) and the project numbers highlighted in orange have been resubmitted to continue along the workflow.
Finally, we can leverage an Autodesk PLM 360 chart or graph to get an overview of the progress of the current projects. The following graph shows all existing projects stacked by state in the workflow. This kind of view can be very helpful in understanding possible bottlenecks in the process and how to apply resources.
One added benefit of Autodesk PLM 360 charts is the ability to hover over a block in the chart and see the details about that item; thereby reducing clutter on the chart but still allowing detailed information to be available.
Any user can pin this chart to their Autodesk PLM 360 dashboard, making it an easy way to access up-to-the-minute status on all projects.
If you would like to know more about Autodesk PLM 360 views, reports, and charts; or to start a conversation about how implementing Autodesk PLM 360 could benefit your business, please feel free to contact us—we would love to talk with you!